Social Networking- a Menace to Student's English Language Profeciency

4075 Words Aug 13th, 2012 17 Pages
INTRODUCTION
With the advancement of technology and the leap the world has taken, everybody faced a drastic change in everything and the most evident thing is this so- called “alternative literacy” that has taken place. Generations are now typing, texting and tweeting their own unique language. This word abbreviated Morse Code like grammar sweeps from computer to phone on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. “Written communication in instant messaging, text messaging, chat and other forms of electronic communication have generated a “new language” of abbreviations, acronyms, word combinations, and punctuation.” (Varnhagen et al., 2009, p. 1)
According to media sources participating on social networking sites
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Are you fond of using social networking sites? 2. What kind of social networking sites you usually visit? 3. What are the contributions of social networking sites to your English Language proficiency? 4. Will you agree to this statement that “instant messaging offered by networking sites threatens youth literacy because it will lead them to using misspelled words“? 5. Do you think those networking sites have a positive impact on your English language proficiency?

II. BACKGROUND AND REVIEW TO RELATED LITERATURE
There is a new wave of communication sweeping across the world. Generations are now typing, texting and tweeting their own unique language. This word abbreviated Morse Code like grammar sweeps from computer to phone on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Since the early days of the internet and the world wide web, people have crowded to online communication channels, from email down the social media timeline through Usenet, IRC, Wikipedia, Friendster, My Space, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter … to the mobile communication technologies of today (idfive, 2006). Since its beginning in 2001 multitudes of people from all over the globe have swarmed to be part of the Wikipedia phenomenon, to experience the satisfaction of participating in something for the benefit everyone and to experience the gratification of seeing their contribution published

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